In Star Wars: The Force Awakens it was great to find out some of what had happened to fan-favourites 'Han Solo', 'Princess Leia', 'Luke Skywalker', 'R2-D2', 'C-3P0' and 'Chewbecca' thirty years after the events of 1983's Return of the Jedi, but it was also fantastic to be introduced to a whole new generation of heroes in the form of 'Rey', 'Finn', 'Poe Dameron' and 'BB-8'.
Be sure to also check out his updates of (an older) Han Solo and Princess Leia's costumes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus the new look First Order Stormtroopers.
I'm sure the majority of you have watched the movie by now, but just incase from here on out there be SPOILERS!
I think her bandage-wrapped look is an instant classic and evokes the nomadic 'Sand People/Tusken Raiders' of Tatooine, plus the goggles and head wrap have practical use for the harsh desert planet she was abandoned on. It's also a feminine look, but not at all exploitative or too sexual, so she's great role model for young kids.
Her wrap dress is made of viscose, whilst the head and arm wraps are cotton. Her top is a hemp and cotton jersey, whilst her trousers are silk. Her gloves, waist cuff and belt, backpack are all leather and her boots are made of wool and leather, plus she sports a canvas pouch. Her staff in the film is a 3D printed prop
The wonderful thing is Rey's still a complete mystery, what is her surname (does she have one?), who are her parents, why did they leave her behind, who trained her to fight and pilot a ship, so many things to explore.
I also liked the second look she sported later in the film (less of a bandage wrap, but similar fashion style) when she leaves with Chewbacca and R2-D2 on the Millennium Falcon to find Luke Skywalker, so hopefully I'll also get to see that up close one day.
It's amazing to think this endearing ball-shaped droid started as a design on J. J. Abrams napkin and was made into a real working animatronic by Matt Denton (Electronic Design and Development Supervisor) and Josh Lee (Senior Animatronic Designer) and their team of engineers. Apparently there were seven versions made for the film (in addition to CGI effects), there main ones and a few other variations.
Stay tuned in the coming days for a closer look at John Boyega's Finn costume and more First Order Stormtrooper costumes also on display. If you get the opportunity, be sure to check out the cool exhibit at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood yourself when you see the film through February 7, 2016.
Go further behind-the-scenes with these books: The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary